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To say the Punic Wars (264-146 BC) were a turning point in world history is a vast understatement. This bloody and protracted conflict pitted two flourishing Mediterranean powers against one another, leaving one an unrivalled giant and the other a literal pile of ash. To later observers, a collision between these civilizations seemed inevitable and yet to the Romans and Carthaginians at the time hostilities first erupted seemingly out of nowhere, with what were expected to be inconsequential results.
Mastering the West offers a thoroughly engrossing narrative of this century of battle in the western Mediterranean, while treating a full range of themes: the antagonists' military, naval, economic, and demographic resources; the political structures of both republics; and the postwar impact of the conflicts on the participants and victims. The narrative also investigates questions of leadership and the contributions and mistakes of leaders like Hannibal, Fabius the Delayer, Scipio Africanus, Masinissa, and Scipio Aemilianus. Dexter Hoyos, a leading expert of the period, treats the two great powers evenly, without neglecting the important roles played by Syracuse, Macedon, and especially Numidia.
Written with verve in a clear, accessible style, with a range of illustrations and newly-commissioned maps, Mastering the West will be the most reliable and engaging narrative of this pivotal era in ancient history.
Dexter Hoyos is retired Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Sydney, Australia. His many books include, most recently, Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy,The Carthaginians, and A Companion to the Punic Wars.
Table of Contents
PART ONE ROME AND CARTHAGE: 264 BC 1. Two Republics 2. Warfare PART TWO THE FIRST PUNIC WAR AND AFTERMATH: 264-218 3. Sicily and its Seas, 264-257 4. Africa and after: 256-249 5. Stalemate and Checkmate: 249-241 6. Between the Wars: 241-218 PART THREE THE SECOND PUNIC WAR: 218-201 7. Hannibal's invasion, 218-211 8. The War beyond Italy 9. Scipio and Roman Victory: 210-201 PART FOUR THE LAST CONFLICT 10. Rome, Masinissa, and Carthage 11. The Triumph of Rome Conclusions Appendix 152 the sources